After Rahul Gandhi review of UP debacle, drastic overhaul of Congress unit likely
With the Lok Sabha polls not far away, a drastic reorganisation of the Uttar Pradesh Congress appears to be on the cards with Rahul Gandhi giving hints that tough steps will be taken to stem the rot in the wake of the assembly poll debacle.
“Don’t expect a kid gloves treatment from now on. It will be firm steps,” was the message of Rahul Gandhi to the newly-elected MLAs of the party during the second day of the review of the poll debacle. The interactions saw Rahul Gandhi giving the mantra of ‘stay connected’ at the grassroot level, to Congress leaders. Several MLAs lamented a disconnect with central leaders.
“Those who have stayed connected have sailed through. Do not forget the name of your grassroots workers after you win. Stay connected with people not with a purpose of winning elections but to serve them,” said Rahul Gandhi.
Interacting with party MLAs who were successful in the just-concluded battle of the ballot in the politically crucial state, the young leader also told them that unity of purpose and action in the state legislature will help them forcefully put forward their views.
With Congress winning only 28 out of the total 403 seats, Rahul Gandhi wanted the MLAs to effectively raise issues after proper homework so that they take up the correct causes.
The MLAs complained that the campaigning lacked the local depth, flavour and the punch and resorted to generalisations about the state scene, ignoring the problems faced in individual constituencies. Some of them criticised the Central leaders, including Union Ministers from the state, for not including them during campaigning by Rahul Gandhi in their areas.
Ministers who campaigned found poor response from voters, the virtual rout in Amethi and Rae Bareli underlining the ineffectiveness of party campaign. Talk of minority quota and Batla encounter in which Muslim youth were allegedly shot dead, did not fetch Muslim votes. The poor record of Congress in implementing welfare steps for uplift of Muslims made the wooing of minorities unconvincing.
- Asian Tribune -